Luxetips Automobiles: Ford Supports HBCUs with Unique Community Challenge Competition
God did not say we would not have bad times, but he did promise he will be there with us to get through them.
Ford Motor Company not only sells award winning vehicles, but Ford also does a lot to support community service initiatives all over the country. Who doesn’t love a brand that gives back ?!
Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Company Fund are teaming up with HBCUs to launch the first Ford HBCU Community Challenge Competition. I went to a HBCU and I love this initiative! Check it out!
Ford will grant up to $75,000 in scholarships, university and community grants will be awarded for the first-place student team and its project.
The Ford HBCU Community Challenge is an extension of one of the Ford Fund’s signature educational programs, The Ford College Community Challenge. The new program, conducted in partnership with the “Tom Joyner” and “Rickey Smiley Morning Shows,” encourages HBCU students to design community projects that address pressing local needs. The program’s theme is “Building Sustainable Communities.”
Students are encouraged to creatively address a tangible, unmet community need that touches at least one of these four areas: Mobility, Alternative Energy, Sustainability/Water and Systematic Approaches to Meeting Community Needs. Scholarships will be awarded to the student team, and community grants will be awarded to nonprofits to support implementation of the winning projects.
The four teams with the best ideas will be flown to Ford World Headquarters in December to present their ideas for final judging.
“We are thrilled to be able to continue in our efforts to support students attending HBCUs with the launch of this program,” said Shawn Thompson, manager, Ford Multicultural Marketing. “This program will allow students to make a difference in their education, schools and ultimately their communities.”